Manali is India’s most popular destination for a getaway in the mountains. The destination offers various kinds of adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, skiing, water rafting etc. to make your holidays memorable for a lifetime.
The best time to visit Manali is from December to January if you particularly wish to enjoy the snowfall and the cold. Monsoon starts to fade away from mid-September, before winter sets in October.
Attractions at Manali
Hadimba Temple or Dhoongri Temple is an important structure, historically and archeologically, in Manali. Dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, wife of Bhim (the hero of the epic Mahabharata). The temple located amidst wooden forest of deodar. It also hosts a grand festival in the month of May every year.
Manu Temple is dedicated to the great sage Manu, who is supposed to be the creator of the earth. This temple is believed to be the only temple of Manu in India.
Manali also has a few newly constructed colorful monasteries. These monasteries are considered the best for the shopping of carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts.
Vashisth, a small village located on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang pass, is famous for hot water springs and a temple dedicated to Vashisth Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here. The hot water sulphur springs are fitted with Turkish style showers for bathing.
Nehru Kund, 5 km from Manali, is a natural spring of cold clear water named after Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru. The spring originates from the Bhrigu lake situated high-up in the mountains.
Solang Valley, 13 km, is a hot spot sandwiched between Solang village and Beas Kund. Offering wonderful ski slopes, the valley is visited to have the majestic views of the glaciers and snow capped peaks.
Arjuna Gufa (cave) is located at 4 km from manali. It is the place where Arjuna (the hero of the epic Mahabharata) meditated.
Manali Wildlife Sanctuary, first notified in the 1954, is the best place to spot the rarest variety of Himalayan flora and fauna with animal species like lion, snow leopard, ibex etc
How To Reach
By Air: Bhuntar airport, 10 km, is the nearest airport, which is connected by air to cities like Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh.
By Rail: Nearest rail heads are Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road: Kullu and Manali are well connected by road with Delhi (789 km), Ambala (606 km), Chandigarh (556 km), Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala, Chamba/Dalhousie, Ropar, Bilaspur and Mandi.